IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2000--City National Bank (NYSE:CYN) today announced the promotion of Sheri Grady to Senior Vice President and Manager of the bank's Orange County Private Banking Team.

Grady, a financial services veteran, manages a highly successful private banking team serving the asset management and credit needs of some of Orange County's most affluent individuals and successful entrepreneurs.

"Sheri's extensive experience in the financial services industry and her passion for providing extraordinary service to our clients makes her a perfect choice to head our private banking team in Orange County," said Dallas Haun, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager. "Sheri has maintained a long-term commitment to Orange County and is actively involved in key organizations benefiting the area."

City National Bank has been offering premier private banking-related services to affluent and successful individuals since the institution's inception. City National's reputation was built on providing highly personalized, relationship-oriented banking services and products.

In recent years, as the term "private banking" caught on, City National formed Private Banking Teams in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties and, most recently, in San Francisco.

"We take care of the financial needs - borrowing, investment, depository - for people of wealth in a way that is extremely confidential and personal," Grady said. "What we have found is that successful, affluent individuals have many demands on their time and they never get to their own financial matters because that is on the bottom of their list. We put them on the top of our list."

Grady, a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry, joined City National Bank when it formed the Orange County Private Banking Team in November 1997. Prior to that, she was owner and founder of a financial services company. Her previous experience includes positions at Ganis Credit Corp, Bank of America and Bank of the West.

Grady received her graduate school certificate in banking from Southern Methodist University. Grady is married with four children. She is a member of the Fran Joswick Therapeutic Riding Center and the Forum for Corporate Directors in Orange County. Grady also has been instrumental in forming Board Builders, a volunteer organization of chief executives dedicated to assisting women business owners in forming their own boards of directors.

She also is involved in several women-in-business programs relating to City National's affiliation with Chapman University.

About City National

City National Corp. is a publicly owned corporation with $8.4 billion in total assets whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CYN." The Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary is City National Bank, the premier business and private bank with headquarters in California and with more than 50 offices in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, as well as a loan production office in Sacramento and an office in the Cayman Islands.

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